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Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments - Important Questions



1.       Why do you think the rich and powerful people get monuments and statues erected in their memory?
2.          Describe how the monuments and statues brave the ravages of time.
3.        Why does the poet in the poem ‘Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments’ refer to time as being sluttish?
4.        The poet says that neither forces of nature nor wars can destroy his poetry. In fact, even godly powers of Mars will not have a devastating effect on his rhyme. What quality of the poet is revealed through these lines?
5.         What is the central idea of the poem?
6.         How does the poet glorify the work of art such as poetry?
7.         What are the things that last for centuries?
8.         What does the poet think of time?
9.         What efforts have been made to thwart the ravages of time and what has been the result?
10.    Why do you think the rich and powerful people get monuments and statue erected in their memory?
11.       Why does the poet refer to Time as being sluttish?
12.       What comparison does Shakespeare draw between poetry and monuments?
13.       How have the effects of war been described in this sonnet?
14.       How does Shakespeare hope his dear friend to enjoy immortality?
15.     What according to Shakespeare is more enduring his poetry or the ornate gilded monuments? How?
16.     How according to Shakespeare, can poetry withstand the devastating effect of hostile forces of nature or deadly engines of war?
17.       Which of two is more powerfulpoetry or wars? Why?
18.       Explain briefly the reference of time in the poem ‘Not Marble, Nor the Gilded monuments’?
19.       How does the poet call his beloved, in the second quatrain?
20.      Briefly comment on the poetic devices used in the poem, Not marble, nor the gilded monuments’, by William Shakespeare.


21.       When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.

What are the ravages of war?
Who is Mars?
          Why is Mars written with capital ‘M”?
What does ‘living record’ refer to in the line “The living record of your memory”?

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